Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Friday, October 31
“God places the lonely in families.”
Ps 68:6 NLT
TAKING YOUR PLACE IN GOD’S FAMILY
Life in God’s family can be challenging. To enjoy and fulfill your role as a family member you must understand three things: (1) Your rights. When you trusted Christ as your Savior you became a member of God’s redeemed family (See Jn 3:3-6). That means you have the right to be accepted, loved, protected, respected, provided for, trained, equipped, and rewarded. Regardless of your past mistakes, God guarantees you these rights, so embrace and enjoy them. (2) The rules of the house. Without the rule of law, you end up with anarchy. And it’s the same in a family. Can you imagine what would happen if the kids ran the house? Well, God’s family isn’t a democracy. You don’t get to vote on the rules. God has established unchanging principles in His Word that guarantee His blessing. “If you are…obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isa 1:19 NKJV). (3) Our responsibilities to one another. You’re called to accept, love and help your brothers and sisters even when they’re selfish, immature, critical, and irresponsible. Remember that God’s family is still “under construction,” but it’s way better than any other alternative! You need to participate in regular family life and activities. Early church believers met together “daily” (See Ac 2:46); as a result they survived all Satan’s attempts to destroy them. So support the life and mission of your church family with your tithes, talent, and time. Don’t just be a taker; “God loves a cheerful giver” (2Co 9:7 NIV).
Saturday, November 1
“I am ready for anything.”
Php 4:13 PHPS
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES!
There’s a spiritual disease you need to be inoculated against—hardening of the attitudes. It’s a disease that makes you think your opinion is the only right one. And as long as life cooperates with you, you’re fine. But when it doesn’t, you charge ahead from one brick wall into another, bruised and bloodied, until you quit in frustration. Then you start blaming others, life, the Devil, or God. Your faith may be well-intentioned, but faith without flexibility is just failure looming! Experienced kayakers know how to perform the “Eskimo roll.” It’s a technique that enables you to roll 360 degrees under the water and up again without drowning. It’s the strategy Paul used to overcome the challenges he faced in life. “I have learned the secret of living in every situation” (v. 12 NLT). He didn’t acquire it naturally, or learn it at a “flexibility seminar,” or get it from a guru. He learned it in the rough-and-tumble school of patience, persistence, humility, self-denial, dedication, and confidence in God. As a result he rolled with the punches of persecution, hunger, poverty, prison, and execution, never abdicating, while demonstrating how to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Php 4:4 NIV). When faith collides with reality, it flexes and holds on until victory emerges. It’s like a tree that bends in the storm, then bounces back. “I have learned…I am ready for anything through…the One who lives within me!” (Php 4:12-14 PHPS). So learn to roll with the punches!